Archive for April, 2009

Peak Fest in Apex

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

We are gonna be closed this coming Saturday, May 2nd,  for the Peak Day festivities in downtown Apex.   In years past we have stayed open, but all of the downtown area is closed off and there is no good way to get to us.  Sorry for the inconvenience!!  If have not attended the festival in the past, this would be a great opportunity to come down and eat some great  food, buy some homemade goodies or just check out one of the shows on the community stage.  If you have kids then Holland’s Jewelers parking lot and field are a great stopping point.  We have donated our area to the “Kids Zone”.  This is the place for those “inflatable” things, swings, pony rides and face painting.  It is also the best location for port-o-potties.  Kids, rides and port-o-potties….it’s all you need for a day of fun and it’s in one convenient location.  For more info on the PEAK FEST activities check out this website: www.apexpeakfest.com/.

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Sit and spin

Friday, April 24th, 2009

I’m sitting at my desk learning how to spin bezels, bands and other settings on a lathe.  Class has been great and I’ve learned a ton of useful applications.   On the last day of class we are planning on developing our shadow band skills for wedding bands.   Shadow bands are from-fitted bands that “shadow” the main ring.  This application is usually used for engagement rings that do not come with a wedding band.  I must admit that this is the most fun I’ve had at the bench in years.    iphone2-025

Get me a report, STAT

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

I am a statistics nut.  I check our website report once a month just to see what is going on and what areas are of interest that we need to focus on.   It has been a busy month for Holland’s Jewelers.  There have been hits to our site from 26 countries, some I’ve never heard of.  Australia, Malaysia, Thailand (home of the thighs), India, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Ukraine, France (PU), Sweden, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Brazil (thank you for the invention of wax), Peru, Columbia, Dominican Republic, Mexico (I did not know they had computers), Canada ( I also did not know they had computers), Uruguay, Slovakia, Belgium, Kuwait, Serbia, Qatar ( I thought that “U” always followed “Q”), United Arab Emirates (that sounds bad) and the good ol’ USA.  I listed these guys just to give them a good old fashioned AMERICAN shout-out.   If I have offended anyone with this post please do not contact HOLLAND”S JEWELERS directly.  Our phone lines are directed somewhere in India when you call with complaints.

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Virginia is for jewelers

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

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You can tell by the frequency of my post over the next few days that I am out of town for a continuing education class, in Virginia to be exact.  I am attending the “NEW APPROACH SCHOOL FOR JEWELERS” founded in 1996 by Blaine Lewis.  This is the foremost school in the country for bench jeweler training and covers everything from jewelry repair, casting metals, wax carving, cad design and hand engraving.  This week I am excited to learn wax carving from Kate Wolf, www.katewolfdesigns.com.  Kate brings over 30 years of wax carving skills to the classroom.  What does this mean for you?  It opens up even more options for your “dream jewelry design”.  Jewelers wax is a specially formulated material that can be carved using various tools then cast, or made, into any desired metal.  These techniques are especially useful when making form-fitted wedding bands, settings for unique cut gemstones or anything else you can think of.  I have had a piece of fire-agate sitting on my desk for 3 years that I could not find a mounting for.  Now we can make a setting for it that will fit like a glove, look awesome and no one else will have one like it.  ONE-OF-A -KIND.

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Rip-off you a new one.

Monday, April 20th, 2009

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Many customers ask us “How do I sell my old gold?” or “Where can I get the most for my gold?”  If you watch T.V. you are sure to see those commercials for the “WE BUY GOLD” companies that “PAY TOP DOLLAR” but are those statements true?  We decided to conduct a little experiment to see who pays the most for scrap gold, us or them.  The top two that you’ve probably heard of are “CASHFORGOLD.com and BROKENGOLD.com.  Both of these companies claim free shipping with no obligation and top dollar for your unwanted items.   We sent 8 grams of 14 karat gold to both companies when gold was floating around $900 per ounce.  These are the results.

1. Cashforgold.com–Shipping time from us till we get our check back:  21 days.   Amount of check:  $28.66.   Time to   get our gold back in the store after sending the check back:  8 days.

2.  Brokengold.com–Shipping time from us till we get our check back:  14  days.   Amount of check:  $33.30.  Time to get our gold back in the store after sending check back:  9 days.

Holland’s Jewelers–Shipping time: none.  Evaluation time:  2 min.  Amount of check:  $112.00.  Satisfaction:  100%

We try to give you the absolute most we can for all your old metals.  We send them away to a refiner and they come back to us in a much more usable state.   Earring wires, backs, ring shanks, casting grain, solder and all sorts of other materials that we can use in our in-house repair shop.  So if you are curious about selling your gold come by our store for a free evaluation.

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Where does Honeymoon come from?

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

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Well it all started in Babylon about 4,000 years ago.  For a month after the wedding the father of the bride would supply the son-in-law with all the MEAD he could drink.  Mead is a honey beer and because their calendar was lunar based, this period was called the “honeymonth”.  Today we call it the Honeymoon.    Guys, this does not mean that you can drink for a month straight and it be O.K.

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BOONE, There it is.

Saturday, April 4th, 2009

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What’s your idea of fun.  Mine is taking my family to the Mountains and seeing how fast I can take curves.  My kids love it, my wife screams and hits things, mostly me.   It’s spring break at school so we are taking a short trip to Boone N.C. for some much needed rest.  Now when I planned this trip 4 weeks ago there was absolutely no mention of snow in the forecast.  However when we get here we are informed that there is a 70% chance of snow in the next 48 hours.  SPRING BREAK?  There’s nothing springy about snow.  We are gonna try to get some “gem mining” in before the poor weather starts.  At the jewelry store we are constantly getting request for gem cutting services.  So far we have not located any in our area.  I am going to actively try to make some contacts here that will cut gems for our customers.

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The Secret Garden is no longer a secret.

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

The secret garden is actually a collection of hand crafted jewelry for your “little” loved ones, the kids.  Each piece is elegantly crafted to become….. blah, blah, blah.  This same old words are used to describe every piece of jewelry ever made.   Let me tell you about this collection, it looks like it was made for kids to wear, period.  The rings aren’t thin and weak, they’ll definitely hold up to a young lady’s active life.  The earrings have great, heavy duty backs so they won’t fall out.   Each bracelet has a lobster claw clasp or other secure locking device to keep them were they are put!  All in all we love everything from this “Secret Garden” collection and you will too.

Made to last.  Made to wear.  Made to LOVE.

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